- New MINI Seven Edition package available
- Same trims and powertrains for 2-Door and Convertible models
- 4-Door model seats up to 5 passengers
The 2017 MINI-Hardtop is a subcompact coupe with 2-door, 4-door, and convertible versions. The 4-door version of the Hardtop is 6.3-inches longer than its 2-door counterpart, and the added length adds extra cargo room (9.2 cubic feet behind the rear seats) and gives rear passengers some extra legroom as well. There is a third seat in the second row of the 4-door, which allows room for one more passenger.
The MINI-Hardtop 2-Door and Convertible have three available trim levels: the Cooper, Cooper S, and John Cooper Works.
The MINI-Hardtop 4-Door has two trims available: the Cooper and Cooper S.
Styling remains true to the modern MINI aesthetic: big, round headlamps up front, an off-colored roof, and wheels that are pushed as far out to each corner of the car as they can be. Cooper S variants get their own set of unique decorations like a dual-pipe exhaust system and a hood scoop to feed air to the turbocharger. This year, the Cooper and Cooper S trims get an available MINI Seven Edition package that features Lapisluxury Blue exterior paint, silver bonnet stripes, brown leather upholstery, unique 17-inch alloy wheels, and special badging on the exterior and interior.
What is under the hood varies by model as well. Cooper models get a 134-hp, turbocharged 1.5-liter 3-cylinder that makes 162 pounds-feet of torque. Cooper S models get a larger 189-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder that makes 207 pounds-feet of torque and also offers an overboost function that dials up the torque at the push of a button. Both engines come mated to a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. The John Cooper Works models have been tuned to produce 228-hp with the same Turbo 2.0-liter.
The Cooper is the more efficient of the two models, topping out at an estimated 30/42 mpg city/highway with the automatic and manual models close behind at 30/41 mpg. The Cooper S gets great fuel economy in its own right, considering how powerful its engine is: 28/40 mpg with the automatic, or 23/37 mpg with the manual.
An available 8.8-inch touchscreen display that controls the telematics and audio systems takes up the large circular space in the middle of the dash where the speedometer used to go; that now sits in a more traditional spot behind the steering wheel. There is also a new control knob to control the optional infotainment system borrowed from BMW’s iDrive system, which bumps the window and door lock controls to more traditional placements on each door. Standard features include leatherette seating surfaces, automatic climate control, Bluetooth connectivity, USB port, and push-button start.
The MINI-Hardtop offers eight standard airbags, antilock brakes, and an electronic stability system standard. A rearview camera and rear parking sensors are available for safer parking and reversing.